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    Hamilton signed Treasury with second franking signature

    Alexander Hamilton Treasury Circular Signed with a Second Franking Signature. One page with address cover (now detached), 8" x 9.5", New York, October 6, 1789. Addressed to William Webb, collector of customs for Bath, Massachusetts. Hamilton directs the customs collector to cease discounting duty fees: "I have reason to know, that some of the Collectors have conceived themselves authorized to make e/y discount allowed by Law for prompt payment, after Bonds were given for securing the Duties. This is not in my opinion the true construction of the Act. You will therefore under such circumstances avoid making the above discount." Signed, "A Hamilton / Secy of the Treasury." With a second signature on the address panel.

    The act Hamilton is referencing was created "...to regulate the Collection of the Duties imposed by law on the tonnage of ships or vessels, and on goods, wares and merchandises imported into the United States" (1 Stat. 29-49 [July 31, 1789]). Hamilton had been appointed as Secretary of the Treasury by George Washington just one month earlier.

    Condition: Paper is toned and fragile. Usual mail folds, some paper loss along left margin not affecting any text. Additional paper loss to cover where seal was broken. Tape stains on verso. A deep fold traverses Hamilton's franking signature.


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    October, 2017
    19th Thursday
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